The science is simple – doing dishes is about the worst chore in the house (though I would argue that vacuuming the stairs is certainly up there), so couples who don’t share in the misery likely aren’t sharing as much time in the sack, either.
According to The Atlantic, a forthcoming report from the Council of Contemporary Families states that the less desirable chores often fall to women, for myriad reasons, but that fact can affect a partnership for a few reasons. For one thing, scraping curdled milk out of sippy cups that no one even offered to help clean or bothered to rinse out initially doesn’t really put a girl in the mood. For another, resentment can set in. There’s nothing less sexy to a busy wife and mother than someone who helps make messes but doesn’t offer to help clean them up.
The conclusion? Women who do the majority of chores are in less satisfactory, conflict-ridden relationships with a lagging sex life.
The good news is that the balance of power in many relationships is starting to even out, with the percentage of men who help with dishes rising to around 30%. But I bet we could push it much higher if you explained to your husband that 30 minutes spent standing over the sink at your side could result in 30 minutes spent in much more entertaining circumstances afterward…
You know I’m right.